In a highly patriarchal culture in which a man's place in society was determined by who his father was, what are the implications of a baby born without a human father? We propose that the implications are enormous, world changing, and that we're only beginning to consider them 2000 years later.
The scandal of Christmas is that God is human. In this, God shows us how utterly different God is than all other human conceptions of the gods. At Christmas, God all powerful is revealed as God all powerless.
Mary is often neglected in Protestant churches. Without idolizing her, we consider her role in bringing the Savior of the world into the world. We also allow her to challenge us to embrace the vision of God that she proclaimed in her beautiful song. Merry Christmas!